Donna Marie Cullers of Hastings, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at age 86. She was born on August 19, 1930 in Hastings, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Celia (Cline) Tobias. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1948. She worked at Penny Store in 1948, Michigan Bell for 2 years and Keeler Brass from 1966 to 1992 when she retired. She married the late John Ruby and in 1984 married George Cullers. She was on the M.U.C.C Board of Directors, NRA Member, T.O.P.S. #338, and a member of Living Waters Church in Hastings.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters, son Johnnie Ruby and daughter-in-law Barb Ruby. She is survived by her husband of 33 years George, daughter Sue (former husband Marty) Preston, Steve Ruby, step children Richard (Pat) Cullers, Beverly Litty, Darline Schriver, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058 with Pastor Gary Newton officiating. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Barry County Youth Day (Checks made to Barry Conservation District) 1611 S Hanover, Suite 105, Hastings, MI 49058.
Ronald Edwin Coats of Hastings passed away on March 15, 2017 at age 76. He was born March 15, 1941 in Hastings, Michigan. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1959. In August of 1960 he married Joanne Lydy. He worked at General Motors, Bliss Press USA, and then the family farm. For many years, he was the Chief of the Woodland Fire Department. He was a member of the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Club and attended the Clarksville Steam Show every year. In 17 years, he never missed the Michigan Technological University's Winter Carnival. He collected family memorabilia and antique tractors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spent every summer at, what he referred to as “God’s Country” Glen Lake. He enjoyed making maple syrup for his family and friends. His love for the Lord was demonstrated in his generosity. If anyone needed anything, he would always help and never expected anything in return.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents Max Edwin and Grace Isabel (Hart) Coats, wife of 31 years Joanne, grandson Johnathan Coats, and niece Melissa Eden. He is survived by daughters Ronda (Kevin) Colley, Lisa (Tony) Coughlin, Jennifer (Chad) Horton, grandchildren Justin Benner, William Hildreth, Chase Coughlin, Ryan Coughlin, Jordyn Coats, Lance Horton, great grandchildren Khilor and Wyatt Coughlin, and sisters Carolyn (Keith) Murphy, and Maxine Nicholas.
Memorial Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Girrbach Funeral Home, 328 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058. Memorial Service will be at 11:00am on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Barry Community Enrichment Center 231 S. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058. The family will receive guest one hour prior to the service and there will be a light lunch following. Ronald wished to be cremated and there will be a private family burial. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 129 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 or the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Club 2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings, Michigan 49058.
Jennie Pettengill, age 93 of Hastings, Michigan passed away March 13, 2017 at Woodlawn Meadows Assisted Living in Hastings.
Jennie was born in Pinconning, Michigan on March 12, 1924, the daughter of Stan and Victoria (Pilas) Pietras. She graduated from High School in 1942. After High School she worked at Michigan Bell for a short time. Jennie married William Pettengill on November 27, 1948. Together they had 6 children, which were the center of her life.
Jennie has been a member of the St. Rose of Lima Church since 1962. She enjoyed bowling, sewing and reading.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sister, three brothers, her husband of 50 years, William C. Pettengill (3/20/99), son, Timothy E. Pettengill, daughter, Tina Williams and son-in-law, Steven Hankamp.
Jennie is survived by her children: son, Will Pettengill of Frederic, MI, daughters, Anne Hankamp of Grand Rapids, Diane (Roger) Gardner of Vermontville, Patricia (Dennis) Steffes of Middleville, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 8214 Pfeiffer Dr., SW, Byron Center, MI 49315.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 805 S. Jefferson, Hastings, MI 49058. A luncheon will follow the service. Burial will take place at Hastings Township Cemetery. Fr. Stephan Philip, Celebrant.
Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.girrbachfuneralhome.net.